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Average Salary in Somalia 2023

How much money does a person working in Somalia make?

Average Monthly Salary
259,000 SOS
( 3,110,000 SOS yearly)


A person working in Somalia typically earns around 259,000 SOS per month. Salaries range from 65,600 SOS (lowest average) to 1,160,000 SOS (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Pay Scale and Salaries in Somalia

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
487,000 SOS or more
10% of people earn
381,000 to 487,000 SOS
20% of people earn
148,000 SOS or less
65% of people earn
148,000 to 381,000 SOS
Minimum Salary

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Somalia range from 65,600 SOS per month (starting salary) to 1,160,000 SOS per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 223,000 SOS per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 223,000 SOS while the other half are earning more than 223,000 SOS. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 161,000 SOS while 75% of them are earning more than 161,000 SOS. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 339,000 SOS while 25% are earning more than 339,000 SOS.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 148,000 SOS to 381,000 SOS. Approximatly 20% fall under the 148,000 SOS cap. Ten percent of wages are from 381,000 SOS to 487,000 SOS. Only 5% of people grossed 487,000 SOS or more.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Somalia costs anywhere from 1,300,000 Somali Shilling(s) to 3,890,000 Somali Shilling(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Somalia earn 17% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

274,000 SOS
235,000 SOS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Somalia

How much are annual salary increments in Somalia? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Somalia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Somalia is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Somalia for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates in Somalia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Somalia
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68% of surveyed staff in Somalia reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Salary Trend and Forecast in Somalia

How are Somalia salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Average Salary 2019
236,000 SOS
Average Salary 2020+3%
243,000 SOS
Average Salary 2021+3%
251,000 SOS
Average Salary 2022+1%
254,000 SOS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Somalia are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 1% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Salaries for popular jobs. Salaries by occupations.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant177,000 SOS
Accounting Assistant139,000 SOS
Accounting Manager386,000 SOS
Bookkeeper120,000 SOS
Chartered Accountant231,000 SOS
Corporate Treasurer347,000 SOS
Financial Analyst328,000 SOS
Financial Manager509,000 SOS
Internal Auditor243,000 SOS

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant135,000 SOS
Office Manager224,000 SOS
Receptionist96,400 SOS
Secretary116,000 SOS

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director255,000 SOS
Creative Director255,000 SOS
Graphic Designer162,000 SOS
Photographer143,000 SOS

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer328,000 SOS
Air Traffic Controller282,000 SOS
Flight Attendant177,000 SOS
Pilot444,000 SOS

Architect309,000 SOS
CAD Drafter131,000 SOS

Mechanic96,400 SOS
Service Advisor177,000 SOS

Bank Branch Manager463,000 SOS
Teller96,400 SOS

Teacher196,000 SOS
Translator231,000 SOS

Business Planning
Business Analyst320,000 SOS
Business Development Manager405,000 SOS
Project Manager289,000 SOS

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny108,000 SOS
Nursery Teacher96,400 SOS

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer235,000 SOS
Construction Project Manager424,000 SOS
Health and Safety Officer116,000 SOS

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative96,400 SOS
Customer Service Manager347,000 SOS
Customer Service Representative96,400 SOS

Electrical Engineer251,000 SOS
Engineer241,000 SOS
Mechanical Engineer243,000 SOS

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer579,000 SOS
Chief Financial Officer532,000 SOS
General Manager450,000 SOS

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef160,000 SOS
Executive Chef185,000 SOS
Hotel Manager463,000 SOS
Travel Agent162,000 SOS
Waiter / Waitress81,000 SOS

Health and Medical
Dentist611,000 SOS
Dietitian501,000 SOS
Laboratory Technician193,000 SOS
Nurse201,000 SOS

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager386,000 SOS
Human Resources Officer154,000 SOS

Information Technology
Computer Technician196,000 SOS
Database Administrator254,000 SOS
Developer / Programmer251,000 SOS
Information Technology Manager424,000 SOS
Network Engineer222,000 SOS

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer154,000 SOS

Attorney501,000 SOS
Legal Assistant135,000 SOS

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist289,000 SOS

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer219,000 SOS
Pharmacist328,000 SOS

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier96,400 SOS
Sales Manager444,000 SOS
Sales Representative167,000 SOS

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher177,000 SOS
Secondary School Teacher209,000 SOS

Average Hourly Wage in Somalia

1,500 SOS per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Somalia is 1,500 SOS. This means that the average person in Somalia earns approximately 1,500 SOS for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

This minimum pay rate per hour for a person in Somalia is 380 SOS. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Somalia earn 18% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
233,000 SOS
Public Sector+18%
275,000 SOS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Somalia?

It is extremely difficult to give an exact figure of a good salary when no specific job is selected, however; an estimate can be provided based purely on the cost of living. A good compensation in Somalia would range anywhere between 223,000 SOS and 339,000 SOS.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary in Somalia is ranges from 161,000 SOS to 339,000 SOS. The base salary depends on many factors including profession, experience, and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

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